Delaware River Community
The Burlington County Office of Emergency Management strives to provide our residents, visitors, and individuals participating in water recreation activities, with the knowledge and ability to assist law enforcement, fire, and EMS personnel. Anyone can assist by identifying observed criminals or terrorist behaviors, and alerting law enforcement. Public, private, and corporate waterfront communities all serve an integral role in increasing the safety and security of our waterways.
The Delaware River flows through (28) miles of Burlington County. It passes through the municipalities of BEVERLY CITY, BORDENTOWN CITY, BORDENTOWN TOWNSHIP, BURLINGTON CITY, BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP, CINNAMINSON TOWNSHIP, DELANCO TOWNSHIP, DELRAN TOWNSHIP, EDGEWATER PARK TOWNSHIP, FIELDSBORO TOWNSHIP, FLORENCE TOWNSHIP, PALMYRA BOROUGH, and RIVERTON BOROUGH and hosts many Marinas.
For any emergency on the Delaware River, it is important that you call 911 immediately!
The quicker you call for help, the faster first responder personnel can respond and assist.
Terrorist or Criminal Behavior
In today’s world, the ability to report criminal behavior and terrorist activity is the responsibility of every citizen. Making the proper notification in a timely manner will increase the ability for law enforcement to intervene.
DO NOT personally intervene; let those in law enforcement do their job, with your help.
Some Indicators of Possible Terrorist or Criminal Behavior:
- Suspicious activity around any waterfront facility and/or loitering without any apparent reason to be there
- Obvious efforts to avoid contact with others or to draw attention to themselves
- Evasive answers to common boating questions
- Inappropriate, suspicious, or non-typical equipment or lack of proper equipment
- Dangerous cargo observed in unusual locations
- Diving operations near bridges or pipes, at unusual times, or without usual support people
- Placing of unusual objects into the waterways near bridges or pipes
- Vessels that appear to be out of their normal locations.
- Hunters or fishermen in non-typical locations.
- Any suspicious charter or rental. Someone asking to alter the usual route or trip a charter takes.
- Non-typical requests, asking inappropriate questions, and/or directions to non-tourist locations
- Inappropriate cash payments for large amounts, daily extension of dockage
If you identify or observe suspicious activity or behavior you think may be related to terrorism, you can easily contact 911 or call 866-4-SAFE-NJ (866-472-3365) to report the activity.
For more information, visit the New Jersey State Police Marine Services Bureau website.